Aloe Vera is an extraordinary plant that has been used by humans for thousands of years especially as key ingredient for skin care products. It is widely known for its healing and smoothing properties and especially a staple for soothing sunburns. That’s the reason why this botanical plant has been given a plethora of nicknames world-wide such as ‘First Aid Plant’, ‘Medicine Plant’, ‘Miracle Plant’ and ‘Silent Healer’. But where does Aloe Vera come from and what else are its other benefits?
Aloe Vera's scientific name is Barbadensis Millar. There are 400 varieties in the Aloe family, but Aloe Vera is the most beneficial to humans. It has been used as natural remedies for beauty and health ailments. It has been highly regarded world-wide from Egyptians to the ancient Chinese and from Native Americans to Nomads. Although this plant grows in desert-like places usually with hot climates with less water like Africa, Asia, India, Mexico, South America and parts of North America, it does not belong in the cactus family. But the Aloe family can survive in dry conditions, because it stores water in the main, thicker areas of its body.
Aloe Vera leaves can grow to 50cm long and each leaf contains fresh yellowish gel-like liquid. It's the part of the plant that has been used by humans for centuries to heal any beauty and health conditions. Aloe is a heavy-duty anti-inflammatory which helps heal and hydrate inflamed skin. It has also the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis and help to remove dead skin cells. It’s often used to treat burns, cuts, grazes and insect bites.
Benefits of Skin Care with Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera as Inflammation and Sunburn Treatment. Aloe Vera heals burns especially sunburn faster. It also provides the much need hydration to the inflamed sunburned skin and helps repair the damage to epidermal cells.
- Aloe Vera Helps Hydrates Skin. Aloe Vera when applied to skin, it soaks into the skin to add hydration. It contains properties that help hydrates dry skin that has been exposed to sunlight and dried out. It is a natural sun-protection; it helps protect skin from the searing sun.
- Aloe Vera Helps Fights Aging. Aloe Vera stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis and helps in the removal of dead skin cells.
Aloe Vera contains natural extract such as acids, enzymes, hormones, minerals, natural sugars, and vitamins. Therefore, it’s not only beneficial to skin, but these elements can also help treat any ailments inside and outside of the human body. It can also be used as treatment for arthritis, burns, digestive aid, heartburn and high blood pressure.
In ancient period, Queen Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti of Egypt allegedly used Aloe Vera as part of their beauty regimes. Due to the hot climate in Egypt, they used Aloe Vera to help hydrate and moisturize their skin. It helps soothe sore and damaged skin fights anti-aging that's why they have maintained their beautiful skin despite of the hot climate in Egypt. This is the reason why this wonderful plant has been used as a main ingredient in most skin care products world-wide during the ancient times up to this day.